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NEWS 17 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Online citrus system aids Chinese boom • From Page 8 “We’ve gone from vir- tually no volume in 2011 to small volumes in 2012, and are likely to see around 45,000 tonnes sent over this year,” he said. “That’s up 50 percent on last year. We also have 497 growers registered through the KCT system across the country. “The idea behind the system is to be ahead of the game, not six weeks behind it.” Mildura Fruit Company (MFC), arguably one of the largest exporters of citrus in the region, was among the last stops for Mr Hancock and Mr Daniels this week. MFC Growers Services administration, Nicole Zerveas, said the organisa- tion had been using the KCT system since its inception, and found that it was fast improving each year. “Initially it was a little rigid, and a little bit difficult to work with until we got used to it, but it’s like any- thing that’s new, it needed time to adapt,” she said. “In comparison to the old sys- tem it’s definitely a leap for- ward.” MFC Grower Services representative, Justine Lane, said that when comparing how things were done in 2013, the online system was a no-brainer. “I can remember back in 2013 there was an inci- dent where he had fruit on the water waiting to get into China because we were still awaiting final registration approval etc.,” he said. “Now it’s done before the season starts, and is much better.” Mr Daniels said that while ensuring growers were across the KCT system was the main aim of the visit, an added value had been sim- ply meeting face-to-face with those in the industry. “The trip has allowed us to talk about a whole range of issues, challenges, etc.,” he said. “At the end of the day Citrus Australia represents this industry to government, and we need to hear grower feedback.” Mr Hancock said that more than 500 growers were expected to be utilising the KCT online system by the end of this year, with ap- plications also open for the 2017 export season. “Those who want to export in 2017 to the KCT markets for the first time can email registrations@citru- saustralia.com.au,” he said. “Applications close on De- cember 31.” • READY AND WAITING: Part of the MFC packing lines that are set to get very busy. SUNITAFE third-year hospital- ity apprentice Mirim Zahinda, PIC- TURED, has won a bronze medal at the Australian Culinary Federation’s National Apprentice Competition Final in Sydney. Mirim was part of a Victorian team of four at the competition, and was also the first finalist in the national competition for SuniTAFE since joining the Australian Culi- nary Federation five years ago. The Fonterra Foodservice Na- tional Apprentice Competition is a culmination of many apprentice competitions held throughout the year in each State and Territory, and provided a platform for the best hospitality apprentices to compete at a national level. The SuniTAFE team also com- peted in the Australian Culinary Challenge State finals in September. Miriam was awarded section winner on receiving the highest score in the third year apprentice category. Miriam started her journey in Certificate II in Commercial Cook- ery before gaining an apprentice- ship, which she will complete be- fore the end of the year. SuniTAFE’s Mirim wins bronze in cooking final Subway® Mildura Deakin GRAND OPENING! BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! *Conditions apply. Additional cost for extras. Not valid with any other SUBWAY® restaurant offer. Offer only available at SUBWAY® Mildura. Offer valid 17/12/16 only. ©2016 Subway IP Inc. SUBWAY® and SUBWAY EAT FRESH® are registered trademarks of Subway IP Inc. Subway® Deakin Mildura 305 Deakin Avenue , Mildura Ph 5023 2997 Purchase any Sub and any drink & receive another Sub of equal or lesser value FREE!* SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 7.30AM TO 10PM NOWOPEN! SUBMANTM! LIVE BAND!
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